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Contact: Emily Davis, 928-638-7609
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz.– National Park Service crews searched by air, water, and foot yesterday and today for missing river guide Joshua Tourjee. Tourjee's river trip reported him missing on September 12 after he failed to return to camp.
A team searched the water on a Zodiac and two ground teams searched both sides of the river. Tomorrow's and Saturday's operations include continued searching with the Zodiac team, aerial searching, and an additional boat that launched from Lees Ferry yesterday will also join the search.
Tourjee is described as a 34 year old male, 5'11", 170 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen near River Mile 137 wearing a headlamp, neck tie, black running shorts with pink triangles on the side, a lime green short-sleeve t-shirt, and black Chaco flip-flops. Tourjee is working as a guide for OARS.
The National Park Service is currently conducting a Search and Rescue operation and a missing persons investigation is on-going. Updated information about this incident will be limited unless something significant changes with the search. No further information is available at this time. Any individual with information on the location of Joshua Tourjee should contact NPS Dispatch at 928-638-7805.